Death toll rises to 11 after hotel collapses in east China

  • China
  • Monday, 09 Mar 2020

Rescuers searching for victims at the site of a hotel collapse in Quanzhou, southeast China's Fujian Province. China govt announced 11 people have been killed in the incident and 21 are still trapped in the hotel on Monday (March 9). The hotel was being used to isolate people who had arrived from other parts of China hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. - Xinhua/ANN

FUZHOU: The death toll from a hotel building collapse in east China's Fujian Province on Saturday evening has risen to 11 by Monday (March 9), local authorities announced.

Fifty people have been pulled out of the debris of Xinjia Hotel in Licheng District in the city of Quanzhou by 2pm on Monday and among them, 11 have died, said the rescue headquarters.

The rescuers found a mother and her child in the rubble at 8.18pm. Efforts are underway to rescue them.

"We had just finished lunch when the building suddenly sank," said Dong Lin, a guest in room 506. "I thought it was an earthquake. Before I reacted, the whole building collapsed. I called out to my wife but I couldn't find her."

"She was stuck right next to me but my whole lower body couldn't move," Dong said.

After being trapped for more than three hours, Dong and his wife were rescued and sent to hospital.

"Hearing the arrival of the rescue workers, I felt there was hope I would survive," he said.

At the time of the collapse, a total of 71 people were trapped and nine more managed to escape themselves. Twenty-one individuals remain trapped as rescue efforts are ongoing.

A preliminary investigation showed the hotel building was being decorated when the accident occurred and the owner of the building has been put under police control.

Construction of the building, with a floor area of 7,000 square meters, began in 2013. It was converted into a hotel in 2018 with 66 rooms. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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